“We are not people who touch each other carelessly; every point of contact between us feels important, a rush of energy and relief.”
She wore Blue Velvet
But in my heart there’ll always be
precious and warm a memory through the years.
The difficulty for me is that I'm interested in so many different things. I could never really imagine myself doing one thing, and I'm pretty sure that I'll end up doing four or five different things.
The Descendants was her official coming-out party. Rewatch Alexander Payne’s drama and you’ll see: The thing doesn’t really start until she shows up, 20 minutes in. As George Clooney’s older daughter, a rebellious brat who sees thoroughly detached from the fact that her mother has been in a coma for weeks, Woodley swiftly makes us forget she’d ever been the star of an ABC Family show - The Secret Life of an American Teenager, which ran for five seasons - and she does it with exactly one scene. While she’s in the pool, Clooney announces that her mother isn’t expected to wake. Woodley sinks to the bottom; the camera catches her muffled, heartbreaking cry. It’s torturous and ferocious, and when she emerges, she basically slaps her father in the face. “Why did you have to tell me in the god-damn pool?” The line says everything - about fathers and daughters, about the pain of growing up - and it’s all in Woodley’s delivery. Of her director, she says, “Alexander came to me one day and he said, 'You're not being you. Be Shai.' And I knew exactly what he meant. He could tell when I was acting and when I was just being a professional listener.”